Sudan angry - Malawi unsure of al-Bashir

2012-05-07 22:09

Khartoum - Sudan's ruling party on Monday rejected remarks by Malawi's president expressing reservations about welcoming the Sudanese leader to attend an African Union summit there.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region.

Malawi president Joyce Banda said a visit by al-Bashir would be frowned on by Malawi's international donors, but a final decision has not been made.

Banda's predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in April, welcomed al-Bashir at a regional summit last year. The Sudanese leader has visited African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries despite the ICC warrants.

Ibrahim Ghandour, an official in Sudan's ruling National Congress Party, criticised Banda's remarks on Monday.

"It is ridiculous of President Banda to state that she wanted to reform her country's economy with the support offered by countries which have apparently incited her to take this position," he said.

The Darfur conflict has tapered off since 2009, but the UN estimates 300 000 people died and 2.7 million have been displaced.

  • keith.gough - 2012-05-07 22:25

    I applaud Ms Banda.

  • john.smith.1614 - 2012-05-07 23:16

    With or without incitement of President Banda, does a know criminal allowed to traverse the regional even if there were not economic and political implications? Khartoum must know that, not everyone on the world can sympathize with criminals but few that are also disadvantaged in the international politics due to their crimes against humanity. Bashir is a criminal and should not be allowed to tour the region without decisive action from the leaders...he must be arrested...

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-05-08 06:09

    Screw him, refuse him

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-08 07:03

    Where is the AU ??? Where is any other African leader, to support Banda on this issue??? The ICC has issued an arrest warrent for this Basir thug. 33 African countries are signatories to the ICC !!! Where is Africa's leadership ??????????

  • Jean - 2012-05-08 11:19

    I love this lady!

  • picheII - 2012-05-11 22:33

    He is not welcome to travel any part of the world. If he is innocent why can`t he prove his innocence to the ICC? What type of a president,waving an axe in the air, pointing an axe to the people during campaign rally in South Sudan?Ironically, He was telling them that if they do not vote for him,he will murder them. Her Excellency Mrs Joyce Banda is exercising her legal moral obligation to safeguard world peace and dictators have no red carpet in the world.

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